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of this week in order for congress to have enough time to vote on the bill. >> i'm hopeful it doesn't go to the last day. >> president obama has asked congress to work through their holiday break if no deal is reached before then. now, one more thing to pile on here in addition to those automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. government jobless benefits for the long-time unemployed are set to expire. terrell? >> susan mcginnis starting us off in washington this morning. susan, good to see you. thank you so much. >>> in the midwest, heavy snow is beginning to taper off, but rolling in behind it is bitterly cold temperatures. parts of minnesota have gotten about 16 inches of snow. minneapolis and st. paul declared the first snow emergency, and blizzard and storm warnings have been issued from parts of south dakota to wisconsin. hundreds of accidents have been reported and over 150 flights canceled. >>> overseas the family of the doctor rescued in afghanistan say they're thankful for his safe return. dr. dilip joseph was captured. they sent in a special operations team on monday. one member
in a reversal says he will sign the bill into law as soon as it hits his desk. in michigan yesterday, president obama said the law was politically driven. susan mcginnis is in washington with details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, the governor now says he wants the economic boost that the law would bring, the jobs and the companies that would locate there, but many disagree. workers say it's going to push down their pay and benefits and weaken unions. police stand shoulder to shoulder preparing for as many as 10,000 protesters at the michigan state capitol today. >> people have a constitutional right to demonstrate. however, all we ask is that they do it in an orderly, lawful, and civil manner. >> reporter: state legislators vote this morning on a right-to-work bill that would weaken unions. opponents acknowledge they're powerless to stop it. >> at the end of the day they'll be passed and signed by the governor. that doesn't make it right. >> reporter: the bill means michigan workers would no longer have to pay the union fees for negotiating contracts and other services.
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